Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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RE[5]: But ...
by molnarcs on Wed 8th Nov 2006 07:01 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: But ... "
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It is hard to give them the benefit of doubt when they write something like this:

"The financial commitments Microsoft is making as part of this agreement are significant," said Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell. "This will help drive Linux more rapidly into the enterprise and government arenas, broadly expanding opportunities for Linux and open source."

This is hilarious if you think about it. Does Ron Hovsepian really think that anyone would believe this? That Microsoft struck a deal so Novell can gain marketshare in precisely those sectors that are most important for Microsoft (government and enterprise arenas)?

"Nope, in FAQ, they deny that possibility."

Of course they deny it - what did you expect, really? That they would say: yup, we think that linux might have IP issues with MS? Of course they don't write that down, because they don't intend to alienate free software developers completely... The deal itself directly implies that MS might have patent claims in various important free software projects. Is that really hard to understand? Or is it just me (and well, some of the most important figures of the open source movement) who see a problem with the Novell deal?

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